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Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk Among Sexual Minorities: Examining the Intersection Between Sexual Identity and Sexual Behavior

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The terms MSM (men who have sex with men) and WSW (women who have sex with women) have been used with increasing frequency in the public health literature to examine STI risk. These categories, however, often obscure differences in STI risk by sexual identity. Using data from Wave IV of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, I examine the intersection between self -reported sexual identities and sexual relationship histories to examine how STI risk and self-reported STIs are differentially distributed across sexual minority populations. I find that while gay identified women are more likely to report several STI risk factors than straight identified women with opposite sex histories, they have a substantially lower STI risk. STI risk among women is concentrated among straight identified-WSMW and bisexual or mostly straight identified women. Among males, straight identified MSM are more likely to report several STI risk factors straight males with opposite-sex only histories but do not have a greater likelihood of reporting an STI diagnosis; rather, STI risk is concentrated among gay and bisexual identified MSM. These results provide compelling evidence that focusing solely on the behavioral elements of same-sex orientation obscures differential STI risk among MSM and WSW populations by sexual identity.

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Everett, Bethany. "Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk Among Sexual Minorities: Examining the Intersection Between Sexual Identity and Sexual Behavior" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 20, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506432_index.html>

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Everett, B. G. , 2011-08-20 "Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk Among Sexual Minorities: Examining the Intersection Between Sexual Identity and Sexual Behavior" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506432_index.html

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Abstract: The terms MSM (men who have sex with men) and WSW (women who have sex with women) have been used with increasing frequency in the public health literature to examine STI risk. These categories, however, often obscure differences in STI risk by sexual identity. Using data from Wave IV of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, I examine the intersection between self -reported sexual identities and sexual relationship histories to examine how STI risk and self-reported STIs are differentially distributed across sexual minority populations. I find that while gay identified women are more likely to report several STI risk factors than straight identified women with opposite sex histories, they have a substantially lower STI risk. STI risk among women is concentrated among straight identified-WSMW and bisexual or mostly straight identified women. Among males, straight identified MSM are more likely to report several STI risk factors straight males with opposite-sex only histories but do not have a greater likelihood of reporting an STI diagnosis; rather, STI risk is concentrated among gay and bisexual identified MSM. These results provide compelling evidence that focusing solely on the behavioral elements of same-sex orientation obscures differential STI risk among MSM and WSW populations by sexual identity.


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